Pastor’s Weekly Message: 03.30.16

Grace Waves


God is the human person fully alive.

(Irenaeus of Lyon, 3rd century)

Easter was a joyous day enriched by our music, children, the orchid display, the friends present and all the laughter.  The energy buzzed around our Hospitality Hour too – thanks to all who contributed.  The Egg Hunt was delightful to observe.  As Charlene’s 2 year old granddaughter Twyla said, “Hooray for Genius!” (which is her word for Jesus).

Creation Awareness/April Forum Series:  Our study and reflections about Pope Francis encyclical “Laudato Si/Care for our Common Home” begins this next Sunday.  Please join in this important conversation for our time.

Joan Eychner and family invite you and all the friends of Peace to Tom Eychner’s  Memorial Service this Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 am.  A reception follows.

FFF/First Friday Films:  Trumbo, a 2015 biopic about America’s preeminent screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who refused to testify before the congressional House Un-American Activities Committee. This resulted in a prison sentence and his being blacklisted as a communist. He, along with other writers, fought to end Hollywood blacklisting which lasted from 1947 to 1960. Academy Award nominated Bryan Cranston stars along with Helen MirrenJohn Goodman, Louis C.K. and Diane LaneTrumbo plumbs the spiritual practice of justice, along with exploring imagination, love and play. Run time 124 minutes; rated R, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Join us for popcorn during, discussion after. Free.

Generating Generosity – Making a Difference with our Time, Talents and Energy:  Saturday, April 9, 10:30 – 12:30 which includes Brunch!

“I have always counted on the kindness of…….my friends of Peace.”  (Blanche Dubois in ‘A Streetcar named Peace).  Our Stewarding Team invite you to:  Identify the values that are most important to you. • Explore ways to share your resources to make a difference. • Discover what is meaningful for you and create your generosity plan.  Ways to support your family, church and community will be explored.  Join in!

“The Federal Correctional Institution at Dublin (FCI Dublin) will be holding Mock Job Fairs for inmates on Wednesday, April 27.  The morning mock job fair will be in the prison from 8:00 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m.  The afternoon mock job fair will be in an adjacent minimum security facility (the camp) from 11:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m.  You can volunteer for either one or both events.  Those volunteering for both events will have lunch at the prison after the first session and then will be escorted to the camp at about noon to join the group there for the remaining interview practice time. The purpose of the day is to:

  • Give inmates realistic experience where they can learn and improve their job seeking skills.
  • Assist FCI Dublin develop valuable contacts with employers, and enhance the credibility of FCI Dublin programs with inmates and the community.  This will help employers change their viewpoint about inmates and inmate programs, and look more favorably on hiring ex-offenders, after being exposed to the prison and the inmates during the job fair event.  This can contribute directly to the ability of inmates to get and retain jobs and be successful in the community.

FCI Dublin is seeking both individuals to assist in interview coaching and resume reviews, and hiring organizations at the event.  If you would like to volunteer to provide interview coaching or resume review (or if you are aware of an organization that may wish to participate) please contact Remegio Tibunsay at FCI Dublin, at [email protected] by April 13 so Remy can provide you with a form to be completed and returned by April 15.

If you have any questions about the experience of volunteering at FCI Dublin please contact Ron Elsdon at [email protected] .”

Please keep in your prayers:   St. Marks Lutheran Church near Falls City Nebraska (the home church for Elizabeth Hunter Ashley) who closed their doors on Easter Sunday after serving the community for 133 years — gratitude of course and in every death we look for what new creation Christ will raise up;  for our children, for Fred, Ralph and Pr. Bob; for those who pray for us; and for a deepening of the truth and joy of our faith.

Jazz Church West:  This Sunday at 5:00 pm we host flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and his Quartet.  You will get to experience the meaning of the word ‘mellifluous’.

Easter Joy! Pr. Steve